Creating Maps and Mapping Systems for Cancer Control and Prevention

  • Zaria TatalovichEmail author
  • David G. Stinchcomb
Part of the Energy Balance and Cancer book series (EBAC, volume 15)


Mapping public health data provides valuable insights into geography of diseases. Maps and mapping systems can also be a useful practical tool for public health planning; the identification of areas of elevated cancer incidence or mortality can inform optimal spatial allocation of resources as well as targeted interventions aimed at cancer prevention and control. This chapter addresses the role of mapping in cancer research and the utility of mapping systems for cancer control activities through a series of examples and best practices. The chapter is organized into three sections. The introductory section briefly traces the evolution from paper maps to modern digital maps and cancer atlases, highlighting their value for understanding the geography of cancer. The second section discusses the relevance of mapping in cancer research and provides examples from recent literature where maps have been used to aid cancer research and inform interventions. The third section focuses on modern cancer mapping systems, their development, design considerations, functionality, and application through a series of examples demonstrating their value for informing cancer control activities.


Cancer Mapping Cancer disparities Cancer atlas 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Surveillance Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population SciencesNational Cancer InstituteBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Westat, Inc.RockvilleUSA

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